Applications wanted for patient/carer members for a clinical guideline development group looking at the prevention and management of surgical site infection

The Patient and Public Involvement Programme and the National Collaborating Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health are looking for applications from patients and/or carers to sit on the group developing a clinical guideline for the prevention and treatment of surgical site infection in adults and children who have undergone an operation involving an incision.  The guideline will look at pre-operative and post operative factors.  It will not consider the management of antibiotic resistant bacteria (but it will signpost relevant national documents in this area.)

 

Patient/carer members of this group will play a key role in making sure that patients’ views, experiences and interests (and those of their carers) inform the guideline's development and its recommendations to the NHS.

 

All members of Guideline Development Groups have equal status, which reflects the relevance and importance of their different expertise and experience.  They include health professionals and researchers as well as patient and carer members.  All Group members need to attend regular meetings and undertake background reading.

 

We would welcome an application from you if you have:

·        experience or knowledge of the issues important to people who have experienced – or are at risk of – surgical site infection, for example, as someone
- who has experienced surgical site infection themselves or
- who is the relative or carer of someone who has experienced surgical site infection or
- who is a policy officer from a relevant patient organisation

·        an understanding of, and a willingness to reflect, the experiences and needs of a wider network of relevant patients (perhaps as a member of a support group or patient organisation)

·        time to commit to the work of the group: attending meetings, background reading, commenting on draft products etc.

·        good communication and team working skills

 

Health professionals will be well represented on the group so we are looking for someone without a health professional background. 

 

Patient members of Guideline Development Groups are paid an attendance fee and travel expenses are also reimbursed.  The Patient and Public Involvement Programme will provide patient/carer members with dedicated and ongoing support throughout their time on the Group.

 

For further information about what the role involves and other relevant information please use the links below:

 

·        Surgical Site Infection Clinical Guideline – patient/carer members “job description” (Form A)

·        Surgical Site Infection Clinical Guideline – application form & personal statement (Form B)

·        Information sheet on Declaration of Interests

 

If you would like to discuss this further, please contact Barbara Meredith, Project Manager: Patient and Public Involvement Programme, NICE, Patient and Public Involvement Programme, MidCity Place, London, WC1V 6NA. barbara.meredith@nice.org.uk

 

 

Decisions about whom to recruit to the Guideline Development Group will rest with the National Collaborating Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health.  Please note that submitting an application does not automatically guarantee a place on the Group.

 

 

TO APPLY

The application form is downloadable by using the links above for Forms A and B; if you would like to receive hard copies of the information, please contact Barbara Meredith as above.  Please return form B (either in hard copy or in electronic format) to Barbara Meredith as above. 

 

Please return your completed forms by the end of 18 April 2007.

 

 

·        Further information about the Surgical Site Infection guideline project

 

·        Further information about the Patient and Public Involvement Programme

 

·        Further information about the National Collaborating Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health.

 

 

This page was last updated: 30 March 2010